Dementia Friendly Bedroom Furniture

Making individual rooms more dementia friendly – whether they are in a care home or nursing home environment as well as in peoples own homes, can make a really big difference to dementia sufferers… Below is an example of a dementia suffers bedroom and the key points in making it more user friendly;

Key Points:

  1. Arrange personal photographs, pictures, furniture and ornaments around the room to make it feel more homely as well as aid memory stimulation. Position pictures so that the base of the frame is 1.2m above the finished floor level.
  2. As a guide, colours of floor surfaces, walls, doors, skirtings, architraves and ceiling should be 30 LRV (light reflectance value) apart as this provides good visual contrast that helps with way-finding. Furthermore, try to avoid large patterned carpets and wallpapers.
  3. Personal furnishings for example bedspreads and cushions should be used so long as they are not causing confusion for the resident (they can always be removed at a later date).
  4. Ensure any mirrors in the room can be removed easily.
  5. Arrange personal photographs, pictures, furniture and ornaments around the room to make it feel more homely as well as aid memory stimulation. Position pictures so that the base of the frame is 1.2m above the finished floor level.
  6. Attach labels containing both text and images to drawers to help the resident find what they need without assistance.
  7. Provide a wardrobe with open or glazed sections to enable the resident to see their clothes – Glazing should be non-reflective. If a motion sensor light is used, consider the position of the wardrobe to avoid unnecessary activation.
  8. As a guide, colours of floor surfaces, walls, doors, skirtings, architraves and ceiling should be 30 LRV (light reflectance value) apart as this provides good visual contrast that helps with way-finding. Furthermore, try to avoid large patterned carpets and wallpapers.
  9. Ensure sockets and light switch plates contrast to the surrounding wall colour by a light reflectance value of 30. And make sure all outlets are mounted at a suitable height for use by elderly residents.
  10. Attach a free swing door closer to ensure the door is easy opening whilst at the same time offers safe operation in case of fire.
  11. Position a traditional pendant light fitting in the centre of the room in addition to discreet supplementary lighting – including emergency lighting, to achieve minimum lighting (aiming for a min lighting level of 200 lux).
  12. Traditional heating systems can be used as these offer familiarity, however, consider under-floor heating as this would increase usable floor area. All radiators must have a low surface temperature.
  13. Ensure sockets and light switch plates contrast to the surrounding wall colour by a light reflectance value of 30. And make sure all outlets are mounted at a suitable height for use by elderly residents.
  14. As a guide, colours of floor surfaces, walls, doors, skirtings, architraves and ceiling should be 30 LRV (light reflectance value) apart as this provides good visual contrast that helps with way-finding. Furthermore, try to avoid large patterned carpets and wallpapers.
  15. Design the rooms’ layout so that the WC / bathroom can be seen from both siting and laying in bed positions.
  16. Personal furnishings for example bedspreads and cushions should be used so long as they are not causing confusion for the resident (they can always be removed at a later date).
  17. Arrange personal photographs, pictures, furniture and ornaments around the room to make it feel more homely as well as aid memory stimulation. Position pictures so that the base of the frame is 1.2m above the finished floor level.
  18. Place a traditional style light on the bedside for additional localised lighting (ensuring that the minimum light level for a bedroom of 200 lux is achieved).
  19. To create a more domestic feeling to the room provide coving to the ceiling.
  20. Arrange personal photographs, pictures, furniture and ornaments around the room to make it feel more homely as well as aid memory stimulation. Position pictures so that the base of the frame is 1.2m above the finished floor level.
  21. Let residents look after a plant in their room as this provides therapeutic benefits. Ensure plant is non-poisonous and does have thorns etc.

Our specialist furniture has been designed to fulfil the daily requirements of end users in hospital, home and challenging behaviour settings.

N.B.

LRV = “Light Reflectance Value” – a measure of the percentage and useable light reflected from a surface when illuminated by a light source.

FFL = “Finished Floor Level”

LUX = The unit of illuminance and luminous emittance – the measurement of luminous flux per unit area.

Lee White